21st Century: Query 150 (Tommy Orange)
“The more specific your details, the more universal your story.”
~ Tommy Orange, author of There There, at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, November 23, 2019.
Orange is a novelist and a writer from Oakland, California. His first book There There was one of the finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. Orange was also the recipient of 2019 American Book Awards. Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He attended Institute of American Indian Arts and earned the Masters in Fine Arts. He was born and raised in Oakland, California and currently resides in Murphys, California, where he lives with his wife and son.
Although this statement may seem contradictory, how might it be true?
Name a story, play, essay, or poem that shows this statement to be true or false. Explain.